…being on holiday

Yes, we broke up on Friday. For the second day I shared a few drinks with colleagues, some soon to be ex- and some new-, I even had one alcoholic beverage. Then it was home to choose clothes, pack and try to sleep before a Saturday journey off on holiday. Well, in the pattern of the last week, sleep was very patchy but better than Anne’s (Mrs Mishmash).

We have a family habit of setting off early and making the most of our first day away exploring on route. Well, we still left at 06.30. First stop – Oxford services at Jncn. 8a of the M40, a new stop. The fountains outside created a nice rainbow if viewed at the correct angle. Breakfast and comfort stop. My turn to drive – the A40, my old route to College/Uni, back in the 18.. Oops 1980s. Anne gave up on shut eye as I gave my tour guide of memories as we made our way into the Cotswolds and circumnavigated Cheltenham. At Glouxester the eastern viaduct is shut and diversions took us past all of Gloucester’s retail areas – not a great route. Onward for our next stop at Yat Rock, above Symonds Yat. I last came here on a QED course outing with PGLin July 1987. I ran up the Rock twice while looking for D of E walkers who had taken an “alternative route” in June 1989. So nostalgia but agreat view to share and a chat with the RSPB rep.

Onwards to Wales and Croeso y Cymru. Did river swops as we swept north between the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. Pen y Fan clearly visible. We swopped drivers again and I headed north into Ceiridigion. We stopped for refreshments in Abaereron. Then onto our holiday accomodation on the edge of New Quay.

Unpack, rest and then we need food leads us in by car to park looking over the sea and chip supper.

Sunday, saw Anne and I explore the town in the morning and then a family trip later to explore more. A lazier pace needed.

Monday, today we kayaked together this morning. This afternoon was Aberaeron ( someone tell me the spelling). I got to take more pics and this afternon I got to sketch too. This is what I needed – a chance to slow down, I wish the same for other teacher friends over the next month plus.

  
Oxford Services

  
 Yat Rock

  
Walking into New Quay, looking out over Cardigan Bay

  
Ooooooh this looks good – only the next dat that the whole family (3) go out on the water

  
Walking back across the bay at low tide

  
The family paddle around and across the bay – no dolphins but a jellyfish sighted

  
Afternoon visit to Aberaeron included honey ice cream (recommended by friends), more refreshments and some own time – I sat and practised my sketching and very pleased with result – early dinner

…just what I needed, a chance to slow down, what about you and yours??

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